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THE COURTS—YESTERDAY.

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs L. Kemnitz, S. G. Smith, and D. Lamach, justices.) Horse stealing. William was charged with stealing a gelding on July L 1896. Mr Hanlon appeared for the accused.—Chief- 1 detective O’Brien said he would ask for a remand till Friday, as an important witness Would have, to be brought from the country.—Remand granted. ■ , . . . .. Gambling in a Train. — Michael Delahunty, William Pollock, and William Noel were charged with a breach of the Gaming Act on October 29, 1897, by using an instrument of gaming—viz,, dice—in a railway carriage.' Mr Hanlon appeared for the accused, who all : pleaded guilty.—Chief-detective O’Brien said that on the date mentioned the accused were returning from the Gore races. In the train * they played a game .commonly-;known as ‘ hazard. ’ There was no great harm done, but some quarrelling resulted from the play, and several blows were struck. The matter was made the subject of a newspaper correspondence, and complaints were made to the police respecting it. Hence the prosecution. —Mr Hanlon said that the facts related by. the chief detective were substantially correct. Of course, it was well known that frequently highly-respectable people relieved the tediousnssa of railway travelling by playing euchre and other card games, and small sums were put' on a P a matter of course. It took “almost a fortmght to get from Gore to Dunedin, and he thought it was excusable to seek some diversion on the journey. Though a breach of the law had been committed, it was not a very serious one, and he thought that a nominal penalty would suit the ease.— Mr Kemnitz said that the Bench did not take a very serious view of the case, but the law must be They, thought a fine of 2s 6d and costa would meet the case. Mr Kemnitz added, however, that the defendants were liable to a fine of £SO. False Pretences.— William Smith alias' Chester was charged with having, at Dunedin, on the 13th inst. , obtained goods to the valne of £3 14s 3d and cash to the extent of £2 18s 101 from Johnson and Carpenter, by false pretences. —Chief-detective O’Brien said that on the 13th of hj ovember the accused introduced himself to Mr Johnston, of Messrs Carpenter and Johnston, m Rattray street. He told him that he was about to get married, and ho had been left a large sum of money, and that he was on the lookout for a_ country “ pub.” He further said that he required some things for his approaching marruge. He selected some neckties and shirts, and said he would like to select a suit for his intended s father. Ho presented a cheque filled in for £o 13s od, drawn on the National Bank. On Mr Carpenter demurring to take tho cheque he saidlt’s all right; I’ll endorse it," and he signed on the back “W. S, Chester.” The cheque was duly presented at the National R.nV, and returned marked “No account." He had got the cheque form from Mrs MurcotJ, who was making some things for Mrs Brooke, the accused s intended bride. He annexed the cheque form while her back was turned. Tho next time he was seen was on the. North train. He was arrested by the speaker oa the 16tb, at Palmerston. On his way back ho said : “I am a fool. I have a reversionary Interest in some property at Home. I suppose it will end up with my getting three years.”—Corroborative evidence was given by Mr Carpenter, - Gilbert Matheson (clerk in the National Bank), ’ Annie Murcott (dressmaker), apd Chief-detective OBnen. Accused was committed for trial. -A. second charge of appropriating the . sum of £2 9s 6d, the property of Robert Morton, which amount he had received on terms requiring the same to be accounted for, was preferred against Smith. Chiefdetective 0 Bneni said that several weeks ago the accused and the prosecutor were emi ployed as cooks in Mrs Lehmann’s restaurant in •Rattray street. The accused told Morton that he had got a_good billet in the Royal .Oak Hotel, in Wellington, and that ho would help mm to get there too; He also warned Morton to be very careful of bis money, and afterwards advised him to give it into his oare and ho would bank it in the Savings Bank. He got the loan of a pair of boots at the same time. Subsequently accused told him . (Detective O Brien) that he had been given the money to invest on the Christchurch races on behalf of Morton.—Evidence was given by George Dali, derk m the Savings Bank, Robert Morton, and Chief-detective O Brien.—Accused was comnutted for trial on this charge also.

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THE COURTS—YESTERDAY., Evening Star, Issue 10478, 23 November 1897

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THE COURTS—YESTERDAY. Evening Star, Issue 10478, 23 November 1897

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